Swiss Movement

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Swiss Movement
Swiss Movement.jpeg
Live album by Les McCann and Eddie Harris
Released 1969
Venue The Montreux Jazz Festival, June 21, 1969
Genre Jazz
Length 39:06
Label Atlantic
Producer Nesuhi Ertegün, Bob Emmer
Eddie Harris chronology
High Voltage
(1969)High Voltage1969
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(1969)
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(1969)Free Speech1969
Les McCann chronology
Much Les
(1968) Much Les1968
Swiss Movement
(1969) Swiss Movement1969
Comment
(1969) Comment1969

Swiss Movement is a soul jazz[1] live album recorded on June 21, 1969 at The Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland by the Les McCann trio with saxophonist Eddie Harris and trumpeter Benny Bailey.[2][3] The album was a hit record, as was the accompanying single "Compared to What", with both selling millions of units.[1]

Reception and influence[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic5/5 stars[4]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide4/5 stars[5]

The album was nominated for a Grammy Award in the category of best jazz performance, small group.[6] It reached No. 1 on Billboard's jazz album chart, No. 2 on the R&B chart,[7] and No. 29 on the LP chart.[8][9]

A Billboard writer commented in 2006 that "what put Montreux on the recorded-live-in-concert map was the legendary Swiss Movement album".[10]

The tapes of this impromptu concert were originally recorded by the festival's organisers and then passed on to Atlantic, who decided to release them after paying a fee of less than 100 dollars.[11]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Compared to What" - (Gene McDaniels)
  2. "Cold Duck Time" - (Eddie Harris)
  3. "Kathleen's Theme" - (Les McCann)
  4. "You Got It in Your Soulness" - (Les McCann)
  5. "The Generation Gap" - (Les McCann)
  6. "Kaftan" - (Leroy Vinnegar) - bonus track on the 1996 reissue

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Carr, Roy (2006) [1997], "Soul to Soul", A Century of Jazz: A Hundred Years of the Greatest Music Ever Made, London: Hamlyn, pp. 106–121, ISBN 0-681-03179-4 
  2. ^ "BBC - Music - Review of Les McCann & Eddie Harris - Swiss Movement". www.bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 2009-10-22. 
  3. ^ Eddie Harris Discography, accessed June 22, 2017
  4. ^ https://www.allmusic.com/album/swiss-movement-mw0000054231
  5. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 96. ISBN 0-394-72643-X. 
  6. ^ "'Swiss Movement' Grammy Nominee" (March 13, 1971) Billboard. p. 4.
  7. ^ Goldmark, Daniel (2012) In "Slightly Left of Center": Atlantic Records and the Problems of Genre. In Ake, David Andrew; Garrett, Charles Hiroshi; Goldmark, Daniel "Jazz/Not Jazz: The Music and Its Boundaries". University of California Press. p. 165.
  8. ^ "Billboard Top LP's". (February 28, 1970) Billboard. p. 70.
  9. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1991) "The Billboard Book of Top 40 Albums". Billboard Books. p. 119.
  10. ^ Ouellette, Dan (June 3, 2006) "On the Record". Billboard. p. 36.
  11. ^ http://www.eddieharris.com/#about